Posts Tagged ‘Blacks in Hollywood’

British actor Idris Elba, 36, will join the cast of NBC’s primetime comedy The Office next week as Michael Scott’s new boss. Michael Scott is portrayed by comic actor Steve Carell — the star of the show. The Office airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. (EDT). Look for Elba later this year in the movie Obsessed […]


The CW announced today 6 shows will return in the fall as part of its primetime TV lineup. There was no mention of The Game, a Black-oriented sitcom about professional football players and the women they love. Shows with predominantly Black casts just aren’t in vogue anymore. Networks now target younger audiences to establish a base. Black […]


Neither Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) nor Viola Davis (Doubt), who competed against each other in the Best Supporting Actress category, got to go home with the gold statuette last night. Well, it’s still an honor to be nominated. Separately, producers of Trouble the Water, an Oscar-nominated documentary, based on the handheld […]


80 years. 11 Black actors. 13 wins. 1st win in 1939. One in the 60s. Two each in the 80s and 90s. 7 in the 21st century. Of the roughly 300 winners (for acting) in Oscar’s 80-year history, only 13 gold statuettes — about 4% — have been given to a Black actor for a […]


Of the hundreds of studio films produced in 2008, 70 or so featured African-American/African actors. Believe it or not, there were a few films left over for other Black actors besides Samuel L. Jackson and the Smith family to appear in… We were glad to see a little more of Jeffrey Wright. Hey, where was […]


Veteran actor Giancarlo Esposito produced, directed, and starred in this quiet film about small-town life in South Carolina that gets more interesting with each passing minute–parallel storylines examine the social and emotional aftermath of the martyrdom of a 60s civil rights activist, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and the present-day development of a golf course […]